Scripture: Acts 4:32
All the believers were united in heart and mind. And they felt that what they owned was not their own, so they shared everything they had.
Several years ago my family and I served as missionaries in former communist yugoslavia. What I realized very quickly was that, in my American upbringing, what was mine was mine. In Croatia, they say, “what is mine is yours”. Huge difference. It was quite a struggle to learn that my possessions that I worked hard for were not actually mine at all.
We live in a very materialistic oriented society. The economic downturn has curbed this somewhat but it is still prevalent. The challenge for me today is to be reminded that what I own is a gift from God and should be shared with those in need, especially with those in my circle of relationships (family, friends, co-workers, and neighbors).
I’m not a proponent of everyone giving to a large pot and then some mechanistic structure distributing based on their definition of who is in need, but I am a proponent of sharing everything I have with those around me and in my city. If everyone began to do life this way i dont ink we would need as much government assistance as we have today. People taking care of people – that was always God’s idea.
Lord, I want to see my possessions in a new way. To give without thought of return. Help me to show my family the way towards unselfish living and in doing so you be glorified in our actions.